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Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore

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Royal Farms Arena (originally the Baltimore Civic Center and formerly Baltimore Arena and 1st Mariner Arena) is an arena located in Baltimore. The Arena is located about a block away from the Baltimore Convention Center on the corner of Baltimore Street and Hopkins Place; it is also only a short distance from the Inner Harbor. It seats 11,100 and can be expanded up to 14,000, depending upon the event. The Arena is owned by the city of Baltimore and is currently managed by SMG, a private management company.

The Arena officially opened October 23, 1962. Designed by AG Odell Jr. and Associates, it was built on the site of Old Congress Hall, where the Continental Congress met in 1776. As a cornerstone for the Inner Harbor redevelopment during the 1980s, it was reopened after renovations and was renamed the Baltimore Arena in 1986. In 2003, it was renamed for 1st Mariner Bank, which purchased naming rights to the arena for 10 years. It was reported that 1st Mariner Bank paid the city $75,000 a year to keep the naming rights to the complex. When this naming rights agreement ended in 2013, the arena was briefly returned to its "Baltimore Arena" name, until Royal Farms purchased the naming rights in September 2014. This deal calls for Royal Farms to pay $250,000 annually for five years to the city, and gives Royal Farms first rights to renew or restructure their deal at the end of the contract, or in the event that the city constructs a new arena.
A cornerstone to the Arena was laid in 1961 with a vault that included messages from then-U.S. President John F. Kennedy, then-Maryland governor J. Millard Tawes, and then-Baltimore Mayor J. Harold Grady. The vault was opened in 2006.

The current site that was chosen for the Baltimore Civic Center was actually not one of the many sites proposed to the Greater Baltimore Committee in 1955. Among nine suggested locations were two in Druid Hill Park, three at the end of the Inner Harbor basin (where the World Trade Center and Harborplace are now located), and one in Clifton Park.
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  • When my daughter got tickets to Disney On Ice for my grandchildren, I must admit I was kind of skeptical about how the Royal Farms Arena would look. I mean, I used to go to AHL hockey and NBA...  more »
  • For musical acts, they usually close off the section behind the band so everyone has at least a partial view. The seats in the stands are still fairly far away from the actual stage, but the sound...  more »
  • Sound was awesome. Seats were comfortable. Sat in section 313 and felt like the stage was not a million miles away. Staff was great and helpful. Would definitely visit here in the future. Would have given it 5 stars had there been better video monitor options for all people in the arena. Equipment that is permanently there blocked the one huge video screen. * TIP shop for parking in advance-it may save you some $ to prepay. Parked at the Down Under garage, I think at 110 Lombard St, and it was only a block and a half away from venue.
  • Had a great time! Staff were helpful and polite. As with any venue the food and beverages are overpriced, but again this is to be expected. There is excellent parking options nearby within walking distance. Can't wait till the next time.

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